On the trail of art
Visit artists and makers in Wokingham, Cookham and Maidenhead
We have at least two of your September weekends sorted: take a journey of discovery around the studios of local artists
The trail promises to build on the success of previous events as it returns for an eighth year, this time showcasing the work of 30 artists at 11 venues around Wokingham Borough on Saturday, 22 and Sunday, September, 10.30am to 5.30pm each day.
In addition to painting, original handmade prints, ceramics, glass, handmade books, jewellery and textiles, for the first time a mosaic artist will be opening her studio in Winnersh and a photographer will be displaying his work at The Art Company of Molly Millars Lane, Wokingham.
By following the leaflet map the venues can be discovered in artist’s studios and homes as well as Gorse Ride Infant School, Wokingham Methodist Church, and W.A.D.E. on Reading Road, and entry to all is free. The quality of work, most of which will be for sale, is outstanding and this is a wonderful opportunity for the community to meet their local artists who will be present to talk about their work. Some venues will also be offering refreshments or giving demonstrations.
COOKHAM & MAIDENHEAD
This Arts Trail (CAMAT) returns for a fifth year on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 September from 10am to 6pm each day. It includes 16 venues with over 30 contributing artists specialising in painting, sculpture, jewellery, glass, photography and ceramics. “People often comment on the quality of the work on show,” says Maidenhead painter and trail organiser Sarah Luton. “We try to curate an outstanding trail experience.”
Trail-goers will see local artists at work in their studios and group exhibitions at Norden Farm and the exciting new venue, The Gantry Barn in Cookham. “It’s a much more interesting way to buy art,” says architectural glass artist Kirsty Brooks who’s involved in the Landing Development in Maidenhead. “You get to see how it’s been created and hear the ideas behind it, plus it’s an affordable way for artists to showcase new work.”
Painter Jo Hall adds: “The trail provides an opportunity for visitors, students and artists to share ideas and work practices in a supportive, yet independent environment.”
The participating homes and sites are all well-marked with signs, everyone is welcome and entry is free. There are refreshments on offer as well as demonstrations and original artwork for sale. Visit the website for a map or pick up a brochure from Bovilles art shop in Maidenhead, The Stationery Depot in Cookham or from local libraries.
Most of Kate Findlay’s hand crafted textile pieces are inspired by wildlife, the local countryside and scientific themes, but here’s a unique view of Wokingham Town Hall, see artsfindlay.co.uk
Karen Wones, included in the Wokingham trail, originally worked in nursing, midwifery and health education and then for a national charity. She started mosaic-art as a hobby 15 years ago and now produces beautiful designs as Mint Mosaics
Artist Cathy MacLennan, who is also an accomplished children’s author, works from a studio at the bottom of her garden and you can meet her on the Wokingham trail
Janet Richardson, exhibiting at Wokingham, has been designing and making jewellery for over 35 years. She also runs classes at Maidenhead and Woodley
Quilt makers Hazel Ryder and Terry Donaldson, who operate from a Finchampstead studio as InStitches, are included in the Wokingham trail
Join the Cookham & Maidenhead Arts Trail and it will take you right into artists’ homes and studios
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts is a perfect venue for seeing some of the work of artists taking part in CAMAT